Being depressed or even having anxiety can make you feel helpless. Pharmaceutical treatment is not the only answer, therefore there is a lot that you can do on your own to fight back. It sounds simple but you can start by changing your physical-behavior activities, lifestyle and even your way of thinking are all natural treatments.
What are the sign of Anxiety disorder
Anxiety, you know is that feeling associated with situation’s that cause people to be nervous, afraid, and worried – this usually occurs for an event that is going to happen in the future. Anxiety happens when a person is anticipating an upcoming event and afraid of its outcome.
As individuals, we all feel anxious from time to time, but for some people it can be severe. Anxiety becomes a major issue when you experience symptoms nearly every day to the extent that it interferes with daily activities such as going to work/ school or developing relationships.
Common anxiety symptoms include:
- Feeling powerless
- Chest pain
- A sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Feeling weak or tired
If your anxiety is impeding your day-to-day life, you could have an anxiety disorder. Common anxiety disorders include:
- Phobias: overwhelming and irrational fear of something
- Social anxiety: inability to interact with other people or be around people at all
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): attempt to reduce stress by repeating certain behaviors, as well as obsessive thought patterns
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): flashbacks, anger, depression
Anxiety disorders are very common and affect almost 40 percent of American adults across their lifespan. All are treatable.
What are the Basics: Depression
Now this may happen from time – time in ones life, so my question to you is, have you lost interest in things you enjoy? Are you one that avoids being around people or are you irritated with everyone that engage with? Are you feeling down or even sad on yourself? By any chance, if you are going through any of these feelings, it could sign of depression.
What Are Some Typical Questions on Anxiety and Depression
When it comes to the questions on an anxiety and depression test, this test will have questions that ask the patient to rate their level of:
- Nervousness and
There’s a common standard psychological questionaire, such as the K10-test used for psychological distress, diagnose anxiety and depression in people who get high scores. The K10-test for psychological distress is made up of 10 multiple – choice questions that are used to determine a persons level of psychological distress in relations to depression or anxiety. This test typically ask takers to review their emotions over the past 30 days and rate them on a scale. In addition to that some questions ask the test takers to rate how often they felt:
- Depressed and
The test takes will have to choose and option that range from – none of the time to all of the time.
In addition, there is a part of the test that ask patients who suspect they are suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and depression. In this case there are questions on the test where the answer is either Yes or No. When this part is used, the test ask questions on whether that person:
- Feels Guilty
- Disinterest in life
- Sad most of the time
Natural Ways to Battle Depression
Depression may be treated with natural interventions by setting goals, creating routine, exercising regularly and challenging negative thoughts. As most of us have experienced, getting sufficient sleep and eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acid and folic aid can help to the fight against depression.
Now depression has been known to reduce structure in a person’s life, with creating a daily schedule will help that person get back on track to feeling normal. Just being able to set and achieve implemented daily goals can support the fight of depression by helping a person to feel that he/she can succeed at something.
It has been proven that exercise helps to treat depression by temporarily boosting that endorphin in the body and positively influences the brain. Simple exercises such as walking a few times each week will help alleviate depression.
We can’t forget about the food we consume, it’s been highly recommended that diets containing foods with omega-3 fatty acids, (i.e. tuna and salmon), and those with folic acid ( i.e. spinach and avocado) can help ease that depression. Additionally, if depression causes over eating, it’s to that persons advantage to regain control of their diet to feel better.
Lastly getting adequate rest is important to reducing depression, as too little sleep will worsen your mood. This can only be improved by: sleeping and waking up on a regular schedule and removing distractions from the room (i.e. Computer, TV, Radio…).
Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Relaxation techniques such yoga, deep breathing, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation are common natural way to control symptoms of anxiety attacks and prevent future attacks from happening. Its been proven that these techniques work for people with panic disorder, and they are relatively easy to learn and practice.
There are some herbs that have been found to be very supportive in relieving anxiety. Several herbal remedies have been studied as a treatment for anxiety. Here is a list of Herbs that maybe helpful for anxiety disorders : Valerian, Kava, L-theanine, and passion flower.
Inositol is a naturally occurring isomer of glucose that can be taken as an oral supplement. Studies have found it to be superior to a placebo in treating panic disorder. A double-blind, controlled trial published in 2001 also found that inositol was superior to the antidepressant fluvoxamine in decreasing the number of panic attacks participants experienced. Because it is a natural compound, inositol has few known side effects.
In a lot of cases, just a simple lifestyle change is another way one can impact anxiety levels:
Managing depression and anxiety in a relationship
We all know that when you are in a bad mood, everything looks negative including the relationships you have with others. When your relationship are not doing so well, you will have the feeling of being sad and maybe even a little anxious. I say that to say that there is a strong correlation between relationship and emotions. However, you can take steps to improve things in your relationships, and this will surely make you feel better.
Depression is a great indicator of the relationship quality. When looking at your relationships it’s clear that there are shared vulnerabilities between anxiety and depression that can be difficult to distinguish. When you or your partner are unhappy and stressed, ordinary life seems to be more of s struggle. When feeling this way, you will fail to see what is good about your relationship, and begin to shut down or blame yourself for everything that’s going wrong.
Well the good news is, is that anxiety and depression are both treatable conditions as long as you are aware of how important these conditions can have an effect on the quality of your relationship. When going through these kinds of emotions you may feel helpful, assuming that your negative mood will never end. You know that feeling of what seems to be problems may evolve into actual problems. However, if you can intervene before that happens you will be in better position to redraw that map of your relationship so that it heads in a favorable direction.
Depression and Anxiety Treatment & Tips
Treatments typically won’t work right away. Antidepressant may not take effect for several weeks. In some situation’s medication is not the only solution. If you give it time, these treatments are very likely to support the cause.
You may feel a hopeless moment. You may feel like you are never going to get better. FYI, feeling this way is a symptom of your condition (depression/ anxiety). If you give yourself sometime and apply a change in lifestyle, you will feel better again.